COVID 19 Dilemma!

roland clarke

Submitted by Dr. Roland R. Clarke Energy Consultant

Edited 4 April 2020 (2.02PM)

Dear David King:

I would like to signal my intention to take future action that may be construed as an attempt to break the Barbados curfew law on Wednesday 08 April 2020.

I respectfully request that the arresting officers wear protective masks. I do not wish to be infected by them.

My point, is that the officers of the Government of Barbados do not practice social distancing.

Why do I intend to attempt to break the law?

I have no choice. Here is my story.

I am a citizen and resident of Barbados who visited the USA for three weeks in recent times. I returned to Barbados on Tuesday 17 March. I immediately placed myself in social distancing at a local hotel for one week. This was followed by a second week at another hotel.

My intent was to do the recommended 14 days of distancing as I live with my elderly 89 y.o. mother who is prone to severe respiratory conditions. Further, I have several underlying medical conditions that put me at high risk to an unfavourable outcome from the COVID-19 virus.

About two hours after checking into the second hotel, their management sent me an email indicating that there was a recent case of COVID-19 at their hotel. My heart fell.

I subsequently gathered that the incident happened about 5 or 6 days prior to my arrival at the second hotel.

Given that I had booked my stay 24 hours in advance, it means that the hotel knew full well what their recent experience had been, and they did not give me the option to refuse. Even further, the hotel also indicated that the Government of Barbados was fully involved in the matter. They too did not share the information with the general public. In my view, this is a breech of public trust by the Government of Barbados.

Indeed at a later date, the Barbados COVID-19 Czar confirmed in a press meeting that the public does not need to know the places where COVID-19 has been found in Barbados. I strenuously disagree. Believe me, had I known, I would not have checked into the second hotel. I would have found an alternative temporary residence to continue my 14 day sojourn.

Given my experience, I made a decision to extend my period of social distancing for another week. That is, to count 14 days from my check-in to the second hotel.

So here I am in a third temporary accommodation until next Wednesday 08 April 2020. None of this is free for me.

Today, I am faced with the prospect of being arrested for doing the right thing of socially distancing myself after short term international travel to the USA.

Therefore I stand by my request above. I respectfully request that the arresting officers wear personal protective apparatus, and that I be placed in a detention facility that is medically appropriate for someone with my pre-existing conditions. Even further, should the arresting officers choose to release me, I respectfully request police escort to my home so that I will not be arrested again.

 

 

 

132 comments

  • @ David April 8, 2020 9:21 AM

    That might be a difficult one since the T&T government shows scant regard for the CCJ operating right on its ‘legal’ door steps.
    LOL!!

    Trinidad considers Barbados not as an independent nation state punching above its weight but simply as an economic colony to be exploited as a source of easy forex. This commercially exploitative triangular arrangement can easily titled the ‘United States of Trinbargo’.

    You can bet Rowley would never have tried to pull that stunt on Jamaica giving the JLP administration the perfect excuse to wake up from the Caricom dream like a bad nightmare.

    How much would it have cost to send a CAL ‘charter’ flight a short flying distance to return its citizens in distress as any law-abiding morally decent nation state is obligated to do?

    One can only surmise that there were NO politically well-connected or business magnates involved in this blatantly irresponsible case of abandonment of ‘fellow’ citizens.

    Like

  • MY point exactly Trinidad abandon their people and Barbados govt did not have the guts to fight constitutionally on their behalf but took the easy way out raising the flag of humanity

    Like

  • All this talk about Humanity…Seriously read with understanding the posted article how govt withhold vital evidence about the hotel that could have cost the gentleman life
    wunna really joking to be putting this govt on a high pedestal when one looks across a broader spectrum of govt measures which was grounded in protecting the tourism industry with a sprinkling of goodwill for political good measure

    Like

  • Trinidad considers Barbados not as an independent nation state punching above its weight but simply as an economic colony to be exploited as a source of easy forex. This commercially exploitative triangular arrangement can easily titled the ‘United States of Trinbargo’.
    You can bet Rowley would never have tried to pull that stunt on Jamaica giving the JLP administration the perfect excuse to wake up from the Caricom dream like a bad nightmare.
    How much would it have cost to send a CAL ‘charter’ flight a short flying distance to return its citizens in distress as any law-abiding morally decent nation state is obligated to do?(Quote)

    Of all the rubbish written on BU on this issue, here in three short paragraphs is the most sensible thing said about it. Appalling nonsense about Trinidad closing the airport is just folly. The above should be compulsory reading.
    @Mariposa, your message is getting through.

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mr Austin like two ships passsing in the dead of night..I see your lights out there and thus I acknowledge.

    I don’t know if you are here simply to provoke because clearly your posts indicate something other than a reasoned view.

    Quote: “Are you an expert on constitutional law? Many of our lawyers are not even familiar with constitutionalism. You must not allow people to close you down. You have a right to a point of view. It is bullying.”

    I pressed a blogger on his repeated, inaccurate claims. I asked him to verify on what grounds the remarks made sense after explaining why I thought they didn’t and couldn’t. In short I said that he was spreading disinformation….I also said I do not deny him his opinion but I certainly detested his inaccuracy and stupid repetition of same.

    I was not trying to be a law expert nor was I asking him to be. I asked him simply to explain himself with facts and reason as I had. He couldnt.

    Yet this former editor who would NEVER have allowed an op-ed that was NOT grounded in verifiable facts comes on to defend that blogger and call me a bully! REMARKABLE.

    Yes the blogger upset me when he deliberately LIED about what I had said and in recognizing my anger I stepped away from him… as I will pass your ship here in the “night”.

    Your hypocrisy is untenable…..Reach your destination safely!

    Liked by 1 person

  • I am wondering how people can be practicing social distancing and yet engage in hand-to-hand combat.

    A good thing that corona virus is spread by 5G and not by visits to BU. 🙂

    Come on guys, no need to get personal.

    Like

  • @Miller

    Both Jamaica and Trinidad have closed airports so if it were Jamaica it would be a ‘moot’ issue. You may also recall at the time of the Myrie incident TT government kicked out some Jamaicans as well. They did not bother to pursue with the CCJ as Myrie did against Barbados.

    Like

  • Can we walk and chew gum at the same time?
    I am fully aware of the gravity of this pandemic, but it is taking all of the oxygen out of the room. The fights, the rehashing of the same points over and over and even making untruths, tells me that a little diversion may be necessary.

    Here are twos stories that are worth chewing on. I will not add any comments.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/04/08/ccj-slams-barbados-courts-again/

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/04/08/ccj-slams-barbados-courts-again/
    “It contended that the island’s legal and regulatory framework was overall in line “with the standard, including concerning the availability of beneficial ownership information”. But the Paris-based grouping contended that the “practical implementation of the relevant rules remains, however, a challenge”.

    Like

  • RE Without a vaccine (or the efficacy of Hydroxocholoquine) we will forever be going into fits and starts of infection and everywhere in the world we will be accessorizing with lovely face masks.

    HERE THIS RUBBISH
    I AM STARTING TO THINK THAT THIS IS THE REQUIRED STANDARD TO BE REACHED ON BU

    WHAT IS THE EFFICACY OF A DRUG BUT THE ABILITY TO DO THAT FOR WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED?

    Hydroxocholoquine IS EFFICACIOUS BECAUSE IT INTERACTS WITH THE RECEPTOR SITES FOR WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED TO ACT PRODUCE THE DESIRED EFFECT

    SEE MY STELLAR POST ON ANOTHER DRUG

    THE EFFICACY OF A DRUG IS A VERY SPECIFIC TERM
    IT IS NOT A TERM TO BE USED IN HODGE PODGE SLAP DASH WILLY NILLY FASHION

    STILL CASTING PEARLS

    Like

  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/04/08/oecd-knocks-barbados-rating/
    “It contended that the island’s legal and regulatory framework was overall in line “with the standard, including concerning the availability of beneficial ownership information”. But the Paris-based grouping contended that the “practical implementation of the relevant rules remains, however, a challenge”.

    Like

  • Yet this former editor who would NEVER have allowed an op-ed that was NOT grounded in verifiable facts comes on to defend that blogger and call me a bully! REMARKABLE.(Quote)

    Here you go again speculating on the operation of my mind. I thought we had agreed to ignore each other. You know squat about me and my op-ed decisions.
    You are a passive/aggressive bully. You are not the first to appear on BU. @Mariposa has demonstrated a far greater intelligence than you have demonstrated on BU. You are trying to intimidate the woman. Stop it. Moron.

    Like

  • Agree with this comment which requires a level of maturity and leadership especially in the prevailing situation we find ourselves. What we have is a bunch of childish babble from mature BARBADIANS who should know better..

    Liked by 1 person

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Oh boy, @Austin still respectfully passing your ship … I certainly don’t know your editorial practices and rather should say that no editor of a reputable paper or media house would allow an “op-ed that was NOT grounded in verifiable facts” on their editorial pages. …. Thus one can impute that as an editor you didnt manage editorial pages 🤣 or allowed opinion writers to offer unverifiable facts to bring your paper into disrepute 🤣🤣 or that you just want to pick a fight and neither of those apply!

    I certainly did not attempt to speculate on the operation of YOUR mind ather that of a reasoned and rational editor…those two things are mutually exclusive here, clearly 🤣 !

    Mr Principled man with the hallowed precepts yet distresses himself to call another a “moron” simply on some feigned disagreement.. tut, tut!

    It is said somewhere in that church you hold dear to effect that by their fruits we shall know them…..You sir EXPOSE your fruit daily and try as you might show us your hypocrisy to de bone!

    @Doc, get real. Mine is a blog post not the Lancet.

    I am sure the remark on efficacy of hydroxocholoquine was clearly understood by all in THIS ARENA who have read these blogs over the last several days to simply imply that ideally the drug works as well as it’s touted to do and cure folks like a vaccine would.

    You may unnecessarily attack me all you want… not a problem… but why you waste your energy on negativity one can only surmise!…. Remember what the Blogmaster suggested:FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE…

    Did somebody steal your favorite toy when you were young or something… and you never got over that anger 🤣

    Liked by 1 person

  • Luke: 12:20

    “But God said to him, ‘You fool………

    Here you go again, now telling me about my competence and ability. You are sick. Don’t tell me, you edited the New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal, or taught at some journalism school. You know how these decisions are made. Stop ‘imputing’ and get some common sense. It is the Bajan Condition.
    Why don’t you pick a fight with one of your mates. I am out.

    Like

  • Again, retired old ass supposedly educated met trapped in the behaviour of children.

    Like

  • @Miller
    Trinidad considers Barbados not as an independent nation state punching above its weight but simply as an economic colony to be exploited as a source of easy forex
    +++++++++++++
    Are you saying that Trinidad sees Barbados as a vassal state of T&T?

    Like

  • David u ought to be ashamed of self picking sides for govt
    Govt has shown they do not have the ability in times of crisis to be practical in their reasoning hence all the rightful crticisms they are receiving
    Another messed up day for many who had expected smooth sailing by way of online orders
    Too bad govt has now created a bigger mess politically and socially
    Society cussing politicians and the private sector and people mad as hell with each other and all that is happening
    Wuhloss if only 2020 was hindsight
    Govt has tied a noose around its neck because it failed to tell the truth

    Like

  • @Sargeant

    Miller is echoing the views of Market Vendor exposed in a recent video gone viral.

    Like

  • Dribbler the verified facts lies within the Constitution
    Too bad if u dont or never read it
    Maybe u need to sit down and take a.read before dribbling all over the blog

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Come Now Mr Blogmaster re “Again, retired old ass supposedly educated [men[ trapped in the behaviour of children.” Speak for yourself, bro….. Which part of my response to either of the gentlemen was childish!…This is a blog…an opinion talk shop… to respond to another’s remarks in a rational way is surely NOT childish.

    That many here find it necessary to be childish and call others moron, deeb, dumb face, illiterate and more is unfortunate…I did that in 2nd and 3rd…but by the time I got into upper school debating was an art form of fact based analysis…two teams taken contentious issues and aggresively presenting solid facts for and against…no name calling nor BS…I still operate on that basis bro!

    Folks like @Mari annoy me at that basic level as they would be laughed out of those rigorous debates because he does not deal in facts… the other much more intelligent crew of the 2 docs and Austin are simply rude and obnoxious when they are losing on logical presentations …

    I don’t come here to be rude rather I come here to discuss the issues but I will not back down because a fella is rude…. lata for that folly!

    I gone.

    Like

  • RE @Doc, get real. Mine is a blog post not the Lancet.

    MINE IS A BLOG POST AS WELL! UH LIE BUT I AM CORRECT AND YOU ARE WRONG!
    WHY ARE WE HERE? TO BE ACCURATE OR JUST TO BULL SHIT?
    ONE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR TO THINK THAT BU IS THE LANCET.
    ALTHOUGH BU IS NOT THE LANCET, HIGH STANDARDS OF MEDICINE HAS BEEN PUT ON ITS PAGES BY YOURS TRULY

    RE I am sure the remark on efficacy of hydroxocholoquine was clearly understood by all in THIS ARENA who have read these blogs over the last several days to simply imply that ideally the drug works as well as it’s touted to do and cure folks like a vaccine would.

    IN WHICH CASE all in THIS ARENA who have read these blogs over the last several days AND HAVE THAT OPINION ARE ALL WRONG!

    PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THAT

    VACCINES DONT CURE DISEASES ……VACCINES ARE PROPHYLACTICS ONLY
    2 AGAIN: EFFICACY DOES NOT HAVE THE MEANING THAT YOU ASCRIBE ABOVE. YOU ARE HARD OF HEARING AND ABOVE REPROOF

    EFFICACY AND EFFECT ARE NOT THE SAME THING IN PHARMACOLOGY: LOOK IT UP AND STOP CONTRADICTING ME
    https://www.managedcaremag.com/archives/2013/1/effectivenessefficacy-difference-too-often-ignored

    Like

  • RE no editor of a reputable paper or media house would allow an “op-ed that was NOT grounded in verifiable facts” on their editorial pages. …

    ACTUALLY THIS IS DONE DAILY IN THE NYT AND HUFFPO ETC AND SEVERAL OTHER SO CALLED REPUTABLE US NEWSPAPERS

    RE I don’t come here to be rude rather I come here to discuss the issues but I will not back down

    YOU MEAN LIKE “Did somebody steal your favorite toy when you were young or something… and you never got over that anger ”

    RE debating was an art form of fact based analysis…two teams taken contentious issues and aggresively presenting solid facts for and against
    YOU CAN NOT aggresively presenT solid facts for and against IN ANY DISCUSSION OR DEBATE WITH ME ON MEDICINE.. YOU CAN AT BEST BULL SHIT

    YOUR PITHY PUERILE PEDESTRIAN PATHETIC PLOY TODAY AND ON CERVICAL INJURIES AND EMERGENCY POST MORTEMS ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF NOTE

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    SMH! Doubly so, OMG!

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Messrs Mariposa, PLEASE cite me where in the Bdos constitution is gives validity to your remark that “the verified facts lies within the Constitution” that speaks to the issue on Bdos having standing for TnT citizens against their own govt…. or that Bdos had a constitutional OR CCJ case with the 35!

    The Barbados constitution speaks of our govt power over its citizens, the rules and regs of our institutions and the power of our executive officials among other coded rules.

    It does not verify anything with regards to assert power over non-nationals and their birth country nor our ability to exert power over another nation beyond announcing war.

    So please in your informed awareness tell WHERE it validates what you are suggesting. What could the govt do based on the constitution to force the TnT issue in another direction according to you based on a specific clause.

    Just do THAT for the blog. Don’t talk AROUND IT..show it! Thank you!

    Like

  • Dribbler i didnt come here to debate i laid out a position based on constitutional law clear and simple stating that under a democracy ( which i belive Trinidad laws are constitutionally attached and binding
    A country cannot deny its citizen a right to free movement
    Since barbados is also a democracy barbados can challenge Trinidad policy of denying the 35 a right to free movement within their homeland
    A legal principle founded on a number of reasons 1. Trinidad cannot by law deny its citizens movement to their place of birth
    2. barbados does not have the resources to feed or housed the 35 Trinidad citizens
    As i said the goodwill gestures as well intended can have negative consequences

    Like

  • @ Mariposa

    Don’t allow yourself to be drawn in to meaningless arguments about the fine print or interpretations in the constitution, unless you are a legal theorist. If people want to satisfy themselves with silly gamesmanship, so be it.
    It is not debating, nor is it common sense. If they want to make a point, then go on and do so. At best these questions are rhetorical, or at worst just passive/aggressive malice. The secret is in the name.
    Avoid them like the plague.

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Doc ok I am wrong on the use of efficacy on this blog re Hydroxocholoquine…SMH!

    I am sure we are pleased for your clarification….. but respectfully in the context of the extensive blog discussion on the endless impact of the covid19 it was accepted (i believe) that a vaccine is a ‘cure’ for COVID like the measles vaccine ‘cured’ MMR as a problem in society or the chickenpox vaccine ‘cured’ that problem as a scourge…. In short, although COVID would still be around we would not see this level of contagion and issue if a vaccine was developed (or hydroxocholoquine was fully approved).

    That was the thrust of the discussion.

    That accurate and specific details on the vaccine being a prophylactic or that efficacy connotes a clear meaning in pharmacology is accepted and logged in our knowledge base. Phew!

    Like

  • Hal you are correct

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mariposa…again you are not making sense sir. … If you “didnt come here to debate” then why are you here making assertions about law and the constitution which you CANNOT validate?… If you are not debating then you are 1) either making a statement of indisputable fact to inform the blog , 2) asserting an opinion unsupported by fact to provoke or 3) just being a busybody.

    No sir you DID NOT lay “out a position based on constitutional law clear and simple stating that under a democracy …A country cannot deny its citizen a right to free movement”…. That’s factual accurate but does not deal in the reality of the Minister’s decree.

    I repeat to you…under what basis does Barbados as a democracy have the GROUNDS to “challenge Trinidad policy of denying the 35 a right to free movement within their homeland”….What is Barbados standing sir in that court matter?

    In this instance the TnT national security decree by their Minister Young provided the legal basis for the denial.

    How was Barbados going to argue your supposed “legal principle founded on 1. Trinidad cannot by law deny its citizens movement to their place of birth” when it was effectively superseded by the decree!

    What does “2. barbados does not have the resources to feed or housed the 35 Trinidad citizens” have to do with this matter as a legal principle… At worst we simply sue TnT and get back all monies spent.

    You didn’t come to debate so I suspect your statements which I reviewed and pushed back against with details are indisputable facts!… You dont want to debate rather just make statements that have little basis in fact!

    Carry on smartly…you have many admirers.

    Looka I dun did this…you going around in circles to mek sport!

    Like

  • RE a vaccine is a ‘cure’ for COVID like the measles vaccine ‘cured’ MMR as a problem in society or the chickenpox vaccine ‘cured’ that problem as a scourge…. In short, although COVID would still be around we would not see this level of contagion and issue if a vaccine was developed (or hydroxocholoquine was fully approved).

    A VACCINE IS NOT A CURE FOR ANY DISEASE SIR
    NO DISEASE HAS BEEN CURED BY A DISEASE
    A VACCINE IS A PROPHYLACTIC ONLY
    DESPITE MMR FOLK STILL GET MEASLES MUMPS AND RUBELLA IF THEY ARE NOT VACCINATED BECAUSE THE CAUSE OF THE DISEASE IS STILL AROUND

    WORK ,ON YOUR ACCURACY MAN

    Like

  • de pedantic Dribbler

    LOL…@Mari I can see you were always playing…

    The questions I asked YOU were to clarify statement YOU had made and asserted were based on the constitution… if you are saying that it’s based on that then surely you can say where and how.

    I didn’t ask you to clarify ANY point I made. I asserted clearly why I believe you are wrong. You have not yet defined why you are right….so to run away from those questions is to run away from YOUR own assertions.

    Amusing but not surprising.

    Like

  • NO DISEASE HAS BEEN CURED BY A VACCINE, SORRY

    Like

Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s